Swansea University

1. Introduction

This section should be read in conjunction with the University’s Guide to Research Student Admissions.


Master’s degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  • conceptual understanding that enables the student:
    • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
    • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

And holders will have:

  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility
    • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
    • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development


All candidates must enrol as students of Swansea University and pay the appropriate fees prescribed by the University.  As enrolled students, candidates must comply with the University’s academic and general regulations.


Candidates may not concurrently be enrolled on another award bearing programme in this or any other university/institution unless permission has been expressly granted by the Academic Regulations and Cases Board.


Every candidate is required to monitor the University email account allocated to him/her throughout the candidature period as all electronic correspondence from the University will only be sent to the candidate’s University email account. Every candidate is strongly advised to use the allocated University email account when communicating with the University.


The level of study of the research degree governed by these regulations shall be at Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ Level 7).

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